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Providing feedback and annotation in a clear and easy format to improve the comprehension of users/readers can only lead to a more positive user experience.

I came across the following design and thought the way the designer annotated this site was an excellent way to convey the various aspects of the site.

Can anyone here offer suggestions on what software could be used to annotate content in the way it was below, I really liked it.
Screenshot of webpage with annotations

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Without seeing the original and knowing if your screenshot is just of a static image or of an interactive website, there would be many software packages that could be used to annotate the site in your example.

Many of them would be specialised design packages like Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress. However, if it's just a static image from a website or PDF etc, you could do this type of thing using MS PowerPoint which is readily available/accessible to most people.

Using MS PowerPoint

One feature of MS PowerPoint 2010 and above is that you can group items on the slide and save them as a single image. So, to recreate your screenshot, one would do as follows:

  • insert the original image into your PowerPoint slide, positioning it to the top left
  • insert the other images and position them as necessary
  • use shapes etc to draw the arrows and lines
  • use text boxes to add in your comments
  • format them as necessary (colour, line weights, etc)
  • select all items and group them together
  • right-mouse-click and select 'save as image'

And there you go - you've got yourself a nice looking help page (or whatever).

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